Trek to Chilinji Pass (5247m in Chapursan Valley Pakistan

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Activity type: Trekking
Activity level: Moderate/ Challenging
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1 Jul 2020 - 15 Jul 2020

18 Jul 2020 - 1 Aug 2020

Duration: 15 Day(s) / Tour with fixed start dates
Price: from $2300

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The Chilinji Pass route has only recently been opened for tourists and is one of Pakistan’s most remote treks. It takes trekkers from the Ishkoman Valley (near Gilgit) to the Chapursan Valley in the upper Hunza, a journey through richly contrasting landscapes. The route runs parallel to the Wakhan corridor near the Afghanistan and Tajikistan borders. Nomads from both these countries still make the journey to the Chapurson Valley bringing their yaks, sheep and goats to trade for sugar, tea, cigarettes and other goods from Sost.

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Price includes

  • : Accommodation on twin-share basis at standard category hotels in towns, 2-person dome tent during trek
  • Meals: half board at hotels, full board during trek
  • Transport: Air conditioned transport and soft-top 4x4 jeeps to trek head & trek end
  • Camping facilities: 2-person dome tents with mattresses, dining tent with folding table & chairs, kitchen tent and staff, toilet tent
  • Portage of 15kg during trek; Tips & Portage at airport & hotels, entrance fee at sites & museums
  • English speaking mountain guide.

Not included in price

  • Domestic/International airfares and airport taxes; any expenses due to cancellation of flights, landslide or other natural calamities or acts of God beyond the control of Rock Valley Tours , their staff and suppliers; any expenses of a personal nature not mentioned above.

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Rock Valley Tours Pvt Ltd

Pakistan, Lahore

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Rock Valley Tours is a tour management company based in Lahore, Pakistan. We specialize in organizing tours, treks, hikes, hunting and climbing expeditions, team building and leadership trails all over Pakistan. Although we are experts in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, our footprint is spread over every nook and corner in Pakistan.

Pakistan has been nominated as the best adventure tourism destination in the world for the year 2020. We feel that the team we have assembled is best equipped to arrange and facilitate trips across the length and breadth of Pakistan.

Born and raised in the Karakorum region of Pakistan, our team has spent their childhoods crisscrossing the endless trails of these parts of the country. They have all been trained and certified to ensure that your experience is supreme and that safety remains paramount no matter what.

We respect the natural environment in which we work and live and we have an intimate and unrivaled knowledge of the terrain, the people and the cultures that you will encounter on your trek, trail, hike and/or expedition. With years of experience and knowledge, it is our goal to provide a memorable experience to you. This, while keeping the environment worry supreme.

From the time you arrive in Pakistan, to the time you leave our country, consider yourself to be our responsibility. We are a one-stop solution to all your needs during your stay in Pakistan.

Be it, the bustling metropolis of Karachi, or the lush green plains around Lahore, or even the foothills of the Himalayas starting from Islamabad, let us present our country to you in a way no one can.

For more information About RVT on anything you may desire, please inquire about the numbers given on top or write to us on info@rockvalleytours.com. We would be more than happy to provide you unmatched possibilities and unrivaled service.

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DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 01 - Departure for Pakistan

Day 02 – Arrive in Islamabad
Day in Islamabad to finalize trekking permits with the Ministry of Tourism. Evening free.

Day 03 - Islamabad - Chilas /Narran
After breakfast, drive to Chilas / Narran along the Karakoram Highway (KKH), the 500-kilometre legendary route that winds its way through the Himalayan, Hindu Kush and Karakoram mountains. Construction of the highway, known as the eighth wonder of the world, was a joint venture between Pakistan and China, took 20 years to complete and cost the lives of about 850 workers. Meals and overnight at hotel. (500 km, 12-hour drive in air-conditioned bus)

Day 04 - Chilas - Chatorkhan
Continue along the KKH to Gilgit, through the precipitous gorge of the Indus River. As we near Gilgit we will get our first spectactular view of Nanga Parbat (8125m). After lunch in Gilgit we transfer to 4x4 soft-top jeeps and continue the drive towards the Ghizar Valley and the village of Chatorkhan, our first overnight camping site. Overnight at hotel. (230 km, 8/9 hours)

Day 05 - Chatorkhan - Bilhinz
If road conditions permit we will drive as far as Bilhinz, otherwise we will take the easy trek from Chatorkhan into the Ishkoman Valley. We camp overnight at the small village of Bilhinz. ( 2-hour drive, 5-6 hour walk)

Day 06 - Bilhinz - Matramdas
Today, if road conditions permit we will make half the journey by jeep, otherwise it will be an easy day’s walk to our overnight camping site at Matramdas, a friendly village of about 10 houses beside the Chilinji River, the last permanent settlement before the Chilinji Pass. (6-7 hour walk)

Day 07 - Matramdas - Yasin
An early start today, because after a 15-minute walk, we must cross a water channel before the water level gets too high. After an easy day’s trekking we arrive at Yasin, the most beautiful camping site on our trek with its green meadows and trees. ( 5-6 hour walk)

Day 08 - Yasin - Chilinji
A steep climb of about 200 metres to begin the day as we make our way to a point to cross the Yasin Glacier. It is easy walking after this to the Chilinji River which we will cross on a swinging pulley, one by one. We camp overnight at the Chilinji summer settlement. ( 5-6 hour walk)

Day 09 - Chilinji - High camp
Today, as the whole trek is uphill, we will make an early start. From Chilinji we will turn toward east for Chilinji Pass (to the west lies the Broghil Valley and the route towards Chitral). After resting at the Chilinji Pass base camp we will make the steep climb to the high camp just below the pass. (7-8 hour uphill walk)

Day 10 - Across Chilinji Pass - Baultar
From the high camp it will take us about three hours to climb the 250 metres to the top of the pass. From the summit it is all downhill to Baultar via a series of snowfields along the Chilinji Glacier. Our day’s walk ends at Baultar, an oasis of green that lies parallel to the Wakhan corridor and the Chilinji River, where shepherds live in stone cottages. Overnight camping at Baultar. (7-8 hour walk)

Day 11 - Baultar - Ziarat BabaGhudi - Passu
We walk along the Chapurson Valley which will provide a gentle contrast to the Ishkoman Valley which we trekked through earlier. We cross the red mountains that form the boundary between the Hindukush and Karakoram ranges and arrive at the holy place of Ziarat Baba Ghundi, where there is a shrine to the famous Muslim saint Baba Ghundi Shah. After lunch here we join our jeeps again and drive towards Sost, the last Pakistani town before the Chinese border and then down the Karakoram Highway towards Passu in the upper Hunza Valley. The small, picturesque village of Passu is set against a backdrop of the soaring Passu Cones, and is a short walking distance from the Passu and Batura glaciers. There will be an opportunity to walk through the village and experience local life. About 70 years ago Passu was the second largest settlement in Hunza (after Karimabad). However, the glacier upstream of the Hunza River created a huge dam which later broke, washing away the houses and fertile fields. Now the river has claimed the major share of the valley, confining Passu village to its right bank. Overnight at lodge. (5-6 hour walk, 4-5 hour drive)

Day 12 - Passu - Karimabad
A morning walk to the Passu Glacier and Passu Lake (45 minutes one-way). From the snout of the glacier there are spectactular views of Shispar ( 7611m) and Passu (7478m) peaks. We will also visit the famous suspension bridges of Passu. These 250m-long bridges over the Hunza River are still used by the local people, who are known for their friendliness towards visitors. Then we drive to Karimabad, capital of upper Hunza and its panoramic views of some of the most beautiful peaks of the Karakoram -Rakaposhi, Diran, Ultar, Golden Peak. In Hunza each family is self sufficient in wheat, maize, apricots and walnuts and they also make their own clothes, shoes, wooden and stone bowls. In the afternoon there is time to walk to Ultar Glacier by following an irrigation channel through the village, or to stroll through the single-lane bazaar for more views of the peaks that soar overhead and to visit the 800-year-old Altit and Baltit forts. Overnight in hotel.

Day 13 - Karimabad - Chilas
En route for Chilas we make a short stop at the Rakaposhi (7788m) viewpoint and later have lunch at Gilgit and stroll through the colourful bazaar. At Kargah there is an ancient reminder of the area’s history as a route used by silk traders, and by Buddhist monks on their journeys to Taxila – a 7th century AD Buddha carved into the rock. Overnight at Chilas hotel, beside the Indus River. (260km, 6-7 hour drive.)

Day 14 - Chilas - Islamabad
An early start for the 12-hour drive along the Karakoram Highway to Islamabad with a short stop at Besham for lunch. Overnight in Islamabad hotel. (500km, 11-12 hour drive)

Day 15 - Departure
Transfer to airport for flight Sweet home.

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